Odisha CM Naveen to unveil projects in disputed Kotia region

Jeypore: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will inaugurate a slew of development projects in Kotia under Pottangi block on Friday.

The Odisha CM will inaugurate nine projects in Kotia through video-conferencing for which the district administration has put in place all necessary arrangements to make the programme a grand success. The projects include a hospital and school.

State government had announced Kotia development package worth Rs 150 crore for 21 disputed villages in the panchayat a year back to woo the locals.

The CM’s inauguration of the projects holds significance as the AP government has announced panchayat elections in three villages – Tal Ganjeipadar, Phatu Chineri and Phaguna Chineri- of Kotia panchayat which will be held on February 13 and 17.

Reportedly, border disputes between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh heated up once again on Wednesday after the latter announced panchayat polls in three villages of Kotia panchayat in Koraput district.

The AP administration has also started the poll process in Kurkuti  panchayat under Salur block .

Residents of Kotia panchayat receive benefits from both Pottangi block in Koraput and Salur in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh. They depend on both the blocks for their day to day activities.